• North Port Sun Weekly Column July 29, 2020

    County to Seek Input from Businesses for CARES Act Funding
    The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County and Sarasota County Government are seeking input from businesses on how to use funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).  The CARES Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund and appropriated $150 billion to the Fund. Under the CARES Act, the Fund is to be used to make payments for specified uses to States and certain local governments. The CARES funding will make its way to local governments through the state of Florida Department of Emergency Management. It is estimated that Sarasota County could be eligible for up to $75 million for eligible reimbursements that meet criteria. The funds will need to be spent by December 2020. The Sarasota County Board of County Commission recently approved that the CARES Act funding could be used on the following funding categories; Safety/Security, Health/Medical, Food/Water/Shelter and Economic Recovery. On behalf of our business community, the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is gathering feedback from the business community to help make recommendations to the Sarasota County Commission for usage of the CARES Act funds. Business are encouraged and requested to go to the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce Website Homepage at www.northportareachamber.com to complete a four question survey on how to best use the CARES Act Funding for economic recovery. Results from the survey will be presented to the Sarasota County Commission for review and consideration.
    Learn More About Your Chamber at Orientation
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce will be conducting a Chamber Orientation today, July 29th, from 8:30 am – 9:30 am at the Olde World Restaurant, located at 14415 S. Tamiami Trail in North Port. Chamber Members and the public can also view the Chamber Orientation LIVE on the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page. The Orientation is designed to provide information on the benefits and opportunities that comes with a Chamber membership to new Chamber members, current Chamber members and prospective Chamber members. Chamber benefits and opportunities are offered to help businesses and organizations promote their products and services to the community and help their business or organization grow and succeed. Chamber Orientations are free and open to all Chamber members and to the public. Seating will be limited in accordance to the CDC recommended seating and social distancing guidelines. Participants attending the Orientation in person are requested to register in advance. Participants will have an opportunity to order a meal off the Olde World Restaurant delicious breakfast menu.
    Business Spotlight Show
    Every week, the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a 30-minute “Business Spotlight Show” on WKDW 97.5 FM Radio. These shows are taped each Friday at 11:30 am and air the following Wednesday on 97.5 FM Radio Station at 6:30 pm. These shows are also broadcast live on the Chamber’s facebook page at 11:30 am each Friday. The “Business Spotlight Show” is design to showcase Chamber businesses and organizations that provide great products and services to our community. This week, the Chamber will be talking to William Chubb, Loan Consultant at loanDepot. Please join us and learn more about our wonderful Chamber businesses and organizations.
    “Coffee with the Docs Show”
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce will continue to host their weekly Live Facebook “Coffee with the Docs” with Dr. Lee Gross and Dr. William Crouch of epiphany Health on the Chamber’s facebook page this Friday, July 31st, at 8:00 am to discuss the latest updates on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Dr. Gross and Dr. Crouch are very knowledgeable on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and are frequently in contact with the White House and the State Capital. They will provide the latest updates on the status of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and will share their expertise knowledge on this issue. Chamber Members and the public will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Gross and Dr. Crouch questions during the Live Facebook show by submitting questions in the “Comment Box” on the Chamber’s facebook page or submitting their questions in advance by e-mailing their questions to info@northportareachamber.com.
    Summer “BILL”board Campaign
    The Chamber’s Annual Summer “BILL”board Campaign  continues to be a smashing success for the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce and each of the Chamber Partners that are participating in this promotion. Each day, I am wearing different business attire that has been provided by various Chamber Business Partners that request to have their business/organization promoted through this Campaign, will e-mail a promotional flyer about their business/organization, post the promotional flyer and conduct a live facebook posting on the Chamber’s facebook page. This program is free to all Chamber businesses and dates are still available. I would like to thank the following businesses that are participating in the campaign this week. They include: Olde World Restaurant & Sherwood Forest Lounge, Do-Well Painting, Buffalo Graffix, The Florida Center for Early Childhood and loanDepot.
    New Chamber Members
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the following businesses that recently joined the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce: An Organized Move, Award Living Solutions, LLC and Irma’s Taco Craft Beer & Tequila Bar.
    For more information, please call the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce office at (941) 564-3040 or visit the website at www.northportareachamber.com.

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